When Food Has To Be ‘Sniffed Out’ To Ensure Cow Protection

biryanipolicingMohammad Akhlaq was killed in Dadri by a group of persons over a beef rumor, and some of the accused were related to a local BJP leader. This was followed by the murder of Jammu and Kashmir trucker Zahid, the lynching of two people in Latehar, Jharkhand, the murder of Noman in Himachal Pradesh, the harassment of Muslim women in Madhya Pradesh and the public flogging of Dalits in Una, Gujarat by Gau rakshak gangs. Cow vigilantism is on the rise, and apparently not much is being done to avoid it or to restrict its occurrence.

Most of these crimes are targeted towards minorities, who are assaulted and terrorized in the name of the cow. From bharat mata, cow somehow turns into some mafia don, aiming to reduce people into shreds.

In Haryana, the States’ Gau Sewa Ayog has tasked the police in the Muslim-dominated Mewat district to collect the samples of biryani from street vendors to test the meat used. After Mewat this policing will be carried out in other districts as well, and this is timed perfectly with the Bakra Eid that falls few days ahead.

Chief of Gau Sewa Ayog, along with Bharti Arora, the deputy inspector general in-charge of Haryana’s special task force to check cow smuggling and slaughter, and Mewat senior superintendent of police Kuldeep Singh, met locals to discuss the issue. Arora has said, on record, that the police had already started collecting samples.

This act is utterly incompatible with the secular ideal enshrined in the Constitution and imbibed the polity of our diverse, plural and multi-cultural society. Does it not show the communal agenda of the Haryana Gau Sewa Ayog and the police? When they should be doing everything to inculcate the communities to feel protected and inclusive, why are they busy doing the bang opposite?

Is it not a flagrant violation of the right to equality granted to Muslims, the right to freedom of religion, the right to life and the right to carry out a legal trade/profession without the state interfering or creating hindrances?

Will this move not give rise to extortion and vigilantism against Muslims in Haryana? Will it not create a sense of terror and fear among minorities?

As per NCRB data, Haryana comes second after Uttar Pradesh when it comes to the number of police complaints filed. Haryana has been recording more than 67 cases per day against women, according to data tabled in the Assembly. When the police should be busy handling these cases and aiding the people in trouble, how fair is it for them to comply and listen to these political errands? Does the police serve the citizens or the party in power?

Given the alarming situation, should the priority of the Haryana police and government be to decide people’s food menu, to support cow vigilantes or to police and govern?

Controlling and wanting to mince the words of others is passé, we have people keeping a lookout over food as well. Nothing is exempted from the eyes of the people following the communal trend of the right-wing principles, not even food.

Yugansha Malhotra

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